2013-05-15 / Attractions

Seeking New York’s Official Reptile

19th Annual Turtle Walk

An up-close – but not too close - encounter with a snapping turtle at Boscobel. 
Image Provided An up-close – but not too close - encounter with a snapping turtle at Boscobel. Image Provided Here’s a fun fact: The snapping turtle is New York State’s official reptile. And about 1,200 of them live in the National Audubon Society’s Constitution Marsh, located just below Boscobel House & Gardens.

And every June, female turtles climb up the steep hill to Boscobel’s lush lawns to lay their eggs, using their claws on their hind feet to scoop out a nest where they will deposit 20-60 eggs, the size and color of ping pong balls.

On Saturday, June 8, Boscobel will host its 19th annual Snapping Turtle Walk. Members of the Constitution Marsh staff will be on hand to discuss the habits and history of these living fossils and to introduce live specimens to the audience. Snapping turtles can live to be 100 years old, weigh up to forty pounds and are twelve to fourteen inches long!

After the discussion, guests are invited to walk Boscobel’s grounds to seek and observe nesting female turtles. Complimentary coffee and donuts will be available at 7:30am. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children age 6-12. Children under six are admitted free. Friends of Boscobel members receive a 10% discount. Purchase tickets at Boscobel.org or call 845-265-3638 x115. And, Boscobel now offers a self-guided, grounds audio tour with paid admission.

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